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Luis Mario's A Night at The Sanctuary 1971

Luis Mario's A Night at The Sanctuary 1971

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Earth,Wind & Fire, The Three Degrees, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Titanic and more.

Luis Mario's Tribute to DJ Francis Grasso at the Sanctuary 1971
I have recreated a live performance from Francis Grasso. From the only live recording that exists. No technological equipment is used to recreate the sequences; it is strictly vinyl and using his technique of the “slip-cueing”. The mixing is just as it was played by Francis. In 1971. I used the same playlist at the same time in the early 70's
I would like to pay tribute to my friend and mentor DJ Francis Grasso, the innovator and creator of the slip-cueing technique. I would like to thank Francis for allowing me to record him while he was performing. A little recorder was placed near the DJ area “The Altar” remember this was a church. On the original recording you can hear the participation from the audience and how they reacted to the music this man was playing and mixing by clapping their hands, cheering and chanting with whistles and screams.

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Alfredo Estevez
Alfredo Estevez

It sounds like the soundtrack from the movie superfly .I love it.

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Wanda Jannina
Wanda Jannina

Sidewalks were rolled up by 11 PM in Philly. So my sister and I disco-overed Underground NYC. And the music mix by Francis was ecstatic. One of the best times of my life. When I told people in Philly that we paid $5 to listen and dance to vinyl and what!!! no band! one guy said we got gypped. lol lol lol

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John Ceglia
John Ceglia

Very nice, my friend!

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Razvan Gorea
Razvan Gorea

ssoooo dope yo !!!!! love it

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Marcia 'DaViNYlMC' Carr

Great track selection; takes you on a journey for sure - uplifting too!
Thank you for sharing the story, a memoir of importance and a story that should be shared some more.

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maggie han
maggie han

thank you so much for putting this together. unfortunately I was not only too young but on the other side of the very place of which I've wished I would love to have seen and experienced such legends like Fracis Grasso and Jim Burgess. I can see this mix will be on my high rotation for awhile yet. It's fabulous!

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Dwaine Wheeler
Dwaine Wheeler

Luis, Did a Paul Blum have any connection to The Sanctuary? I've heard so many stories.....
Dwaine

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sundaydriv3r
sundaydriv3r

Great mix and great piece of history. I can hear that the transitions from one record to another are short, with almost no overlapping . DJs like Larry Levan would overlap soul and disco songs even on basic Thorens decks. Did you try to reproduce Francis Grasso's technique by switching from one record to another very fast and did you use the same hardware?

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Gilda Bain-Pew
Gilda Bain-Pew

Thank you Luis Mario...THANK YOU, THANK YOU..I was so happy to find these comments...I LOVED going to The Sanctuary..my friends and I (5-6 of us) went every weekend. Many times I got Francis to come down from the altar to dance with me...what a fun place. You knew the music was going to be great, that the crowd was cool, that Francis might have on some crazy/wild outfit..and that your night would be wonderful. I remember Francis wearing a pair of palomino pants one night and we danced to Whole Lotta Lovin like two free spirits..I LOVED THE SANCTUARY...dancing like a wild person during my youth was terrific...good, clean, fun. I was sad when I heard Francis was no longer on this earth, but he lives on in the hearts and memories of all my fellow "dancing fools" who enjoyed the experience!!! Play those old songs..dance like crazy..blow those whistles..enjoy life. I'm glad I experienced club history. I enjoyed myself and hope you did too. Peace and much love to those who danced at 124 West 43rd Street!!

Read more: Sanctuary : 43rd Street & 9th Avenue New York, New York | DiscoMusic.comhttp://www.discomusic.com/clubs-more/...
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Sue Bell
Sue Bell

I'm probably going to listen to this over and over. Love it, and an amazing tribute.

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Clorinda Cardillo

WOW! Thank you so much, Luis, for taking me back to the best time of my life .... I never thought I'd ever hear these wonderful songs again! Francis was indeed a genius ... for us, it was all about the music and dancing ... becoming one with the music ... and Francis understood that. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please .... I want some more :-)

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Luis Mario DJ
Luis Mario DJ

The play list
01- Curtis Mayfield - Don't Worry
02- Freda Payne - You Brought The Joy
03- Denis Coffey - Scorpio
04- Honey Cone - Stick up
05- Chee-Chee and Peppy - I Know I'm In Love
06- Little Sister - You're The One - Part 1
07- The Three Degrees - You're The One
08- Sly And The Family Stone - Stand!
09- Earth, Wind & Fire - Moment of Thruth
10- Denis Coffey - Scorpio
11- Earth,Wind & Fire - C'mon Children
12- Bobby Bird & Vicki Anderson - Hot Pants I'm Coming
13- Abaco Dream - AKA Sly & The Family Stone - Life And Death In G & A
14- Dorothy Morrison - Rain
15- Sly & The family Stone - I Want To Take You Higher
16- The Isley Brothers - Get Into Something
17- James Brown - Give It Up or Turit A Loose
18- Titanic - Sultana
19- Exuma - Damn Fool
20- Booker T. & The MG's - Melting Pot
21- The Night Liters - K-Jee
22- Issac Hayes - Theme From Shaft
23- Brian Auger & The Trinity - Listen Here
24- Rufus Thomas - Do The Funky Chicken
25- Wilson Pickett - Engine Number 9
26- Kool & The Gang - Who's Gonna Take The Weight Part 1 & 2

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Clorinda Cardillo

Thank you so much for letting me relive my youth ... I was 17 when I went to the Sanctuary and fell under Francis' spell .... I can't believe how fortunate I was to be there at the start of it all .... Francis was a god and we were his worshipers. Thank you for sharing this magical time with us once again through this incredible music. Francis lives.

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Luis Mario DJ
Luis Mario DJ

I would like to thank all of you for listening to this tribute to my friend Francis Grasso and the Sanctuary. Please Keep The Memories Alive!!!!!

The Sanctuary was located on 43rd Street and 9th Ave. DJ Francis Grasso, the innovator and creator of the slip-cueing technique. Grasso was the first DJ outside of the radio broadcasting business to require headphones as part of his setup. This allowed him to preview a record on one turntable while another played on the second turntable. By using headphones in combination with slip-cueing, he changed the art of DJing. The records that Grasso was mixing used live drummers and not beat machines. It took skill and a good ear to mix these records for more than a few seconds which Grasso perfected to longer and longer sequences. The most impressive addition Grasso brought to DJ culture was music programming; the art of picking up on the energy of the crowd and sending that energy right back to them through the next track. Early on, Grasso used Thorens turntables although they were a far cry from the Technics turntables most DJs use in clubs today. Soon he taught others and Grasso spread the art of mixing by maintaining a constant beat and working the crowd with the music throughout New York. DJ Francis Grasso Was and it will always be the first DJ to teach everybod that claims fame throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. Grasso, was the first DJ to develop a cult with his followers, then it was David Mancuso and last, but not least Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage. Let the history be told as it was build. People should know and respect our history.
I learn from Francis, he was my mentor right from the beginning of dance music. I created Legends of Vinyl with the intention to bring the truth to the audience and to safe and respect our legacy as Pioneer DJ's. I hear many people distorting our history and we as Legendary DJ's have the responsibility to keep it real.
L.O.V. is the message!

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Musiq Queen
Musiq Queen

FANTASTIC LEFT ME MESMERIZED!!!

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Victor Simonelli
Victor Simonelli

Thank You for sharing

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